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Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

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June 7, 2012 – The drummer dedicates tunes to her friends, including her first teacher — a "sometimes great guy."


Esperanza Spalding performs for "Morning Becomes Eclectic."

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June 6, 2012 – Watch Spalding and her brass band perform "Smile Like That" from her new album, Radio Music Society. KCRW

Henry Cole.

Watch Henry Cole And The Afrobeat Collective: Live In Concert WBGO

May 30, 2012 – As part of an 11-piece band, the drummer locates the African heart of Caribbean party music. WBGO


Gilad Hekselman.

Watch Gilad Hekselman Quartet: Live In Concert WBGO

May 30, 2012 – In his search for the emotional core of modern jazz, the guitarist wrote a batch of nifty tunes. WBGO


Jazz quartet Endangered Blood performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

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May 7, 2012 – The jazz quartet draws from post-bop, 20th-century chromaticism and New Orleans funeral marches.


Lynne Arriale.

Watch Lynne Arriale: A Dose Of Something Extra Jazz24

May 1, 2012 – A longtime favorite of KPLU, the pianist performs with her trio in the station's Seattle studio. Jazz24

Steve Coleman plays in the ruins of Fort Adams during the Newport Jazz Fest 2011.

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April 27, 2012 – The saxophonist explains his unique dialect: equal parts music theory, esoterica and Charlie Parker. WBGO

Avishai Cohen of Third World Love.

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April 26, 2012 – Folk dances of Africa and the Middle East come to the fore in the bouncy sway of this quartet. WBGO


Now vs. Now: (L-R) Jason Lindner, Panagiotis Andreou, Mark Guiliana.

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April 26, 2012 – Jason Lindner's electro-groove trio refracts the sounds of New York City, from bebop to way beyond. WBGO


Watch Ingrid Jensen Quintet: Live In Concert WBGO

April 10, 2012 – The trumpeter once busked in New York subways. These days, her local gigs are more prestigious. WBGO


Alexis Cuadrado.

Watch Alexis Cuadrado's 'A Lorca Soundscape': Live In Concert WBGO

March 28, 2012 – A Spanish bassist in New York addresses the works of a Spanish poet who came decades before him. WBGO


Benny Golson (right) and pianist Sharp Radway perform at the KPLU studios in Seattle.

Watch Benny Golson: Bringing The Hits Jazz24

March 22, 2012 – Watch the tenor-sax legend perform three of his classic tunes in a session at KPLU in Seattle. Jazz24

Rudresh Mahanthappa performs a Tiny Desk Concert with his band at the NPR Music offices on Feb. 1, 2012.

Watch Rudresh Mahanthappa: Tiny Desk Concert

March 8, 2012 – The saxophonist's new repertoire salutes electric funk, South Indian modes and swarming solos.


Kendrick Scott.

Watch Kendrick Scott And Oracle: Live At Berklee WBGO

March 8, 2012 – The fluid drummer takes his band to his alma mater for a live preview of his upcoming album. WBGO


Donny McCaslin.

Watch Donny McCaslin Group: Live In Concert WBGO

March 1, 2012 – The saxophonist has been on a funk-fueled electric bender, and likely won't unplug any time soon. WBGO


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